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Who in the 90's: DOCTOR WHO - THE MOVIE

This particular screening was one of the highlight’s of 2012’s holiday showings....and quite interestingly, it’s a one-off in the history of Doctor Who.

The 1996 TV movie was the only televised story in the 1990s, and shares qualities with both classic and new Who. Created as a potential "back door pilot", the film was a co-production between the BBC, Universal, and Fox. Unavailable on DVD for many years due to "rights issues", it was finally released in 2011 as a double disc set. Featuring Paul McGann as the Doctor, the movie provides a very....interesting take on how Doctor Who might have proceeded had it been produced in the '90s.

Although British television ratings for the film were OK, the movie suffered in the American ratings, defeated not by Daleks, but by the final episode of Roseanne, the Bulls winning the playoffs....and in St. Louis, severe thunderstorms.

However, we’re fortunate enough to hold another viewing, and the film contains many qualities that would appeal to fans of both series. (And several which would prove a bit controversial). Elements include a new, romantically-inclined Doctor; a companion with whom he shares more than a love of travel, and a slightly overacting villain. However, strip away some of the more problematic aspects, and you get a pretty entertaining Who story....and a slight glimpse at what might have been.

And as always, we are charging a nominal fee, but that covers our Meetup hosting site and related expenses.

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  • Kevin H.

    As Gordon points out, a lot of connections between previous and future incarnations of Who. Interesting that they downplayed the sonic screwdriver in this movie, then it becomes a deus ex machina in the rebooted series.

    March 21, 2013

  • Kevin H.

    That was a great! I don't think I had seen that episode before. I must have been watching Rosanne that night.... Thanks Gordon and Terry.

    March 21, 2013

  • Elariel

    My first w this group - what an absolute hoot & Gordon's knowledge-base added so much to the experience, as did the great company! Plus, so cool of Third Coast to keep register open so we could buy DW books after the show! Better than advertised!

    1 · March 21, 2013

  • Bantrobel

    Something else came up. Have fun for me!

    March 18, 2013

  • Michael G.

    At the least, the 8th Doctor is considered a "real" Doctor. His image is included near the end of the New Series episode "The Eleventh Hour" along with the other Doctors from the original series. The thing to really imagine is that this is the Doctor that was in the the Time War. Based on comments the 9th Doctor says during the very first episode "Rose", he had regenerated very, very recently. There is a part where Doctor 9 looks in a mirror at Rose's apartment and is making comments on the results of his regeneration to himself like had not had the chance prior.

    March 5, 2013

  • Amanda C.

    I saw this when it first aired...I'm curious to see how it fits now that the "real" series has continued...

    March 5, 2013

    • Peter G.

      The movie is part of the series it continues the doctors life as the 8th doctor then regenerated into the 9th.

      March 5, 2013

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